Another year wrapped up! Between actually attending PAX Unplugged and then playing all the games we picked up from it, December was a pretty epic month for new games! Have you played any of them? How do you like them?
I’m thinking about continuing this “new to me” series this year, but I haven’t decided if I might change it a bit… If you’d rather see new to me games a different way, let me know!
As always, happy gaming~
❤️ – Loved It/Always Love It/Favorite
😄 – Liked It/Will Likely Play Again
🤷🏻♀️ – Okay/Take It or Leave It/Could Play Again
👎🏻 – Didn’t Like/Would Not Play Again
😄 Throw, Throw Burrito – This is wildly fun!
😄 Berried Treasure – Super cute one! Don’t forget to check out my review!
🤷🏻♀️ Boy Band Builder: The Card Game – Too much take that for me, and the game felt kind of broken in a way at only 2. Check my review out for my full thoughts on this one
🤷🏻♀️ Snack Attack – It had great art, but the game play was a little boring to me
🤷🏻♀️ Ars Alchimia – If not for having to roll almost every turn for extra resources/points on recipes, this would have been better. But that made the game so swingy
🤷🏻♀️ Shinkansen: Zero Kei
😄 1923 Cotton Club – This was pretty good, though I wish I had just gone for criminality from the start
👎🏻 Journey to the Center of the Earth – I felt like I had zero control in this game, which led to doing a whole lot of nothing for half an hour. No thanks.
🤷🏻♀️ Doodle Dash – Not too different from other drawing games, and the racing element didn’t really make sense since you don’t get more points, just the first chance at points. Guessers could guess wrong on purpose to just not give you points
😄 Clipcut Parks – This was neat! But at the same time, a bit wasteful
🤷🏻♀️ マカリョーシカ (Macaryoshka) – This has an awesome look, and the gameplay was cute, but the ending just fell kind of anticlimactic to me because it seemed obvious who would win a few turns before the end
😄 Magic Mountain
👎🏻 Frequent Flyer – Oh my word was this bad. You roll a d20 to determine movement. Think about how swingy that is. I might move 1 space on the same turn you move 20. That’s insane. On top of that, nearly every turn you draw random event cards which might let you upgrade to first class, or might make you move backwards and lose two whole turns. Just…Why? The fact that this came out in 2021 makes it about 10x worse to me.
😄 四畳半ペーパー賽系 (Yojōhan Pēpā Saikei) – This was a slightly different take on a roll and write and I thought it was pretty neat. Definitely increased my fear of negative points, because you can get quite a few in this
😄 It’s a Wonderful Kingdom
🤷🏻♀️ Stella: Dixit Universe
🤷🏻♀️ Dungeon Decorators
😄 Summer Camp – A cute deck builder, but I do wish there was a culling mechanism
😄 Sanctum – Definitely didn’t think I’d like this, but it was pretty good! There’s a lot of room to try different strategies too
😄 Dragon’s Breath The Hatching – This was super adorable! Sometimes I really like these kids games.
😄 The Key: Murder at the Oakdale Club – I love this series! Keep an eye out for this review soon!
😄 Cloaked Cats – Cute deduction game! I like finding more different kinds of deduction games to get to the table
🤷🏻♀️/😄 Moonrakers – I don’t love this game at 2 players, so I’m really hoping I get more out of it one I get a chance to play with 3-5, or even solo, cause it just looks amazing, and I am also into the style of game, just not at only 2
😄 The Pumpkin Problem – Another great game in this 18-card escape room series!
🤷🏻♀️ Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game
😄 Space Invaders – It’s just FlipShips rethemed, but I still love it!
😄 Most Cutest – A super simple party game, that’s just so adorable. Review coming in the sometime future!
🤷🏻♀️ BEARanoia – This definitely needs a large group to shine, it’s just okay otherwise
🤷🏻♀️ Pineapple – Would definitely be an interesting game for a group of close friends or college kids at a party
👎🏻 TNA DVD Board Game
🤷🏻♀️ Discover: Lands Unknown
😄 Call to Adventure
🤷🏻♀️/😄 Knights of the Hound Table
😄 Yummy Yummy Monster Tummy
😄 Valiant Wars
🤷🏻♀️ Fantasy Pug Quest
😄/❤️ Picture Perfect – This game was super tricky but sooooo cool! Can’t wait to play it some more!
🤷🏻♀️/😄 Lizard Wizard
🤷🏻♀️/😄 Dungeon Fighter
😄 Sheep & Thief
👎🏻 World of Warcraft Adventure Game
😄 Ducks in Tow
👎🏻 Binding of Isaac
🤷🏻♀️ Ticket to Ride: Marklin – It’s still just TTR, so it’s okay. I didn’t love the passengers … mostly because I drew those cards way too often! lol
😄 Merchants of the Dark Road – This game was intense! Excited to see what else it has in store with more plays
🤷🏻♀️ Awesome Kingdom: Mines & Labyrinths
🤷🏻♀️ Vikings on Board
😄 Cape May